I’m so glad you decided to stop by! Hopefully you’re enjoying a nice quiet Saturday, perusing the internet, and sipping a cup of something delicious. For today’s Saturday Style I thought I’d share a little home office inspiration. Whether you work from home or you just have a little corner carved out for paying bills and organizing your family you probably love any excuse to make things a bit prettier.
Cozy Home Office by White Tulip Designs
Dot Bo office accessory / Royal Crown Derby office accessory / Blue home decor, $40 / Small item storage / Pottery Barn home decor / Writing pen / Office accessory / PiP Studio file folder / Office accessory / Threshold colored file folder / White desk / Uttermost swivel desk chair / Pottery Barn black desk / Adjustable chair / Cost Plus World Market file cabinet / Dot & Bo Wood Grain Can Wastebasket
Here’s a few amazing coffee recipes while you’re mulling over your new home office:
Thank you to Amy and Heather for sharing their yummy treats with us!
Who doesn’t love a big statement necklace? Generally, I’m not really a big jewelry person. Mainly because I just forget about it until I’m walking out the door and then I either don’t have time to fiddle with it or I don’t have a piece that works.
After searching high and low for something a bit more fun I gave up and decided to put something together for myself. It’s been forever since I’ve done any jewelry making so I had to gather new supplies and was thrilled to find that there were more than enough choices available. I was looking for multiple sized beads that wouldn’t be shiny or metallic so I knew I would need to make them as well.
To make the Wooden Beads:
To make the Cone Beads:
To make the Tube Beads:
Once you have your beads put together I suggest lining them up before stringing them onto the chain in case you might want to move things around a bit.
I’m really happy with how it turned out. I’m thinking I need bracelet to match!
Have a wonderful weekend! Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for Saturday Style!
* This post contains affiliate links but all tutorial directions and opinions are my own.
Special thanks to G for being my camera man!
Hope the week hasn’t been too hot for you. It’s a scorcher around here. Hopefully it will cool off a bit by the Fourth. Don’t you just love it when the Fourth falls on a Saturday? That’s what I call a, true, holiday weekend! We haven’t even made plans yet but I’m so excited!
For the past month or so I’ve scouring Pinterest for fun and interesting projects to share. Here’s a round up of my favorite patriotic themed projects for you to enjoy. Surely I’ll find time to put one or two together. Fingers crossed!
Click the pic for the full tutorial.
1. This is such a fun idea for a backyard barbecue or neighborhood block-party. -from Jeannine at the Concrete Cottage
American Flag Paint Stick Project
2. A nice, and easy, alternative to a wreath for your front door! from Dawn at Glue Dots
3. Sand art! The kids can help with this one. Great for a centerpiece or candle/sparkler holder! from Amy at Atta Girl Says
Stars and Stripes Candles and Vases
4. Looking for a rustic option? These are perfect! from Debbie at Confessions of a Plate Addict
5. Great decorative detail for you home! from Mary at Redo Mom
6. Burlap stars add a nice touch inside or out! from Kim at The Kim Six Fix
7. Clean lines and country chic! Adorable wreath idea from Jenny at Miss Butterbean
DIY Wooden Firecrackers
8. Lovely idea for front porch decor! from Liz at Hoosier Homemade
Patriotic Burlap Table Runner
9. No-sew fabric project, need I say more? from Maryanne at Domestically Speaking
Fourth of July Flag Suncatcher
10. Here’s one for the little ones! from Mariah at Formula Mom
Fly Tie on the Fourth of July
11. I’m always a sucker for an upcycled tie project! from Sarah at Sadie Seasongoods
DIY No-Sew Fabric Bunting
12. Don’t you just love a bunting? And this one is so lovely above the mantle! from Christina at The Frugal Homemaker
Have you put together any patriotic projects? If you’ve blogged about them, leave me a link in the comments. I’d love to share them on my Facebook and Twitter!
Ok, I know this is a little different but hear me out. A while back it was pointed out to me that I had maybe overdone it a bit in my mission to de-bachelorize (totally a word, I’m sure of it). In his defense, my dear Hubby has never complained a bit.
So, I thought I would try to inject a bit of geek-chic, if you will, back into our home. To start with, Hubby is a huge Lord of the Rings fan and that’s where I started. There’s got to be a way to be design friendly about it, right?
The idea started out as a joke and then I thought it would be something he might get a kick out of. As a friend pointed out you could do this so many different ways (think the Cantina Scene from Star Wars). The sign is something I put together from my Hubby’s favorite bits in the movie. And, the original layout was to have another line but when I was adding in the wording I felt like it would be too crowded. So, this is what I ended up with and I’m really happy with it.
I started by measuring where the sign would go and designing a layout to fit. Then I cut and sanded pieces of both new wood and pallet wood to size, fitting them together like a puzzle. The top pieces were cut at an angle using a miter saw. (see similar here or use a miter box like this) Here I used a piece of left over bead-board as a backer to attach them and hold them together.
When I was happy with the shape and everything was nicely sanded I used a mixture of 2 parts black paint, 1 part water and 1 part glaze to “stain” the wood a darker grey/black. It gave the wood a look like it had been aged “wet” but out of the elements.
I let this dry overnight and then started the crackle process. Instead of using a regular crackle medium I used regular school glue and a coarse brush to brush it on.
You can see that I applied it more thickly in some areas to make it “crack” differently. Then, I let the glue dry for about 5 minutes. While it was still tacky I brushed on white acrylic paint really thickly.
I let this dry overnight before adding in the lettering. The glaze made it tough to add the letters using more popular Pinterest methods so I used my handy-dandy Artograph Tracer Projector. I don’t use it very often but love this thing! They make much snazzier versions but this little fella works just fine for me. I traced the letters with a pencil and then painted in the letters using the black “stain” that I had left over from before.
If you try your hand at your own “geek chic”, design friendly, creation I’d love to see!
* This post contains affiliate links but all opinions are my own.
Woo hoo! Tomorrow is the first day of summer and if you’re heading out for summer vacation it’s time to get ready!
Here’s a round up of everything from sunglasses, and hats to beach bags and towels to get you going.
Beach Ready by White Tulip Designs
Proenza Schouler 1 piece bathing suit, $225 / Bikini cover up / Boohoo bathing suits two piece / Boohoo beach swimwear / Cover up swimwear / Wet Seal slip on flat / Tkees real leather shoes / Canvas zipper bag / Crate and Barrel beach tote bag / Wet Seal cord bracelet / Chevron jewelry / Illesteva brown sunglasses, $295 / Straw beach hat / Alterna spray leave in conditioner / Beauty product / Jacquard beach towel / Beach towel
Haven’t planned your beach vacation yet? Here are some great recommendations from around the US.
Enjoy your weekend! See you soon!
Linking up at Wow Us Wednesday,